Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

‘Shocking and tragic’: Virat Kohli condemns New Zealand mosque shooting

‘Shocking and tragic’: Virat Kohli condemns New Zealand mosque shooting

Shaken Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch on Friday that cut short their New Zealand tour and prompted an emotional response from top sportspeople including a tearful Sonny Bill Williams.

"They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. they are us".

'Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch, ' Richardson said.

It is to be noted that the Bangladesh Cricket team is now in New Zealand for an ODI and a Test series against the hosts.

When the bus carrying some players and coaching staff arrived at the mosque, they heard but did not see the shootings, Mohammad Isam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, told The Associated Press.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked".

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!" batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers.

"We (are) extremely lucky. never want to see (these) things happen again. pray for us", Rahim tweeted. Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!

"They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them".

"We are lucky that if the players had either gotten off the bus later or gone to the mosque earlier it would have been hard to get out".


"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus".

"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said.

The Bangladesh players had planned to have their Friday prayer worship before making their way to Hagley Oval to train ahead of the third test, which was set to begin on Saturday.

As condolences poured in for the victims and their families, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, a devout Muslim, said his "heart is hurting" and posted an emotional video tribute.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 10 more people were killed in a shooting at another mosque in the city, while 20 are seriously injured.

"Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand".

This is the first time a test held in New Zealand has been called off.

The players were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes, disembarked and made their way through to the Hagley Park ground.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that police had apprehended one person, but said police were unsure if there were other shooters.

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